illustrations
PlATes, following P. 360
From carlos mérida’s Estampas del Popol Vuh
Painting of a cofradía member
community mural in san Juan comalapa, chimaltenango
“The two women are sisters”
“The young man is single”
“The women are selling huipiles [tunics] and hidden moonshine”
“They are weighing corn”
Sin título (Untitled)
isabel ruiz performs Matemática sustractiva (subtractive math)
San Manuel exilio mártir (san manuel martyred exile)
figures
Introduction
map of Guatemala xxiii
i The Maya: Before the Europeans
ek chuah, god of merchants and patron of cacao 17
excavation of Tikal, el Petén, 1892 21
ceramic vessel shaped as the side of a conch shell and used as
a paint well 23
Parade of musicians from the Bonampak mural 25
a Bonampak lord from the Bonampak mural 25
noblewomen watch costumed dancers with rattles 29
capture of the K’iche’ lord cawek of the Forest People 35
ii Invasion and Colonialism
a scene from the Lienzo de Quauhquechollan 46
Tecún Umán on the back of a truck, izabal 57
Pasos (steps) 67
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